Preface and Introduction
At the 2016 meeting of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, Klane White organized a comprehensive precourse entitled, “Trends and Applications in Pediatric Lower Extremity Deformity.” The curriculum spanned from the history of deformity correction, wisely presented by Dr John Birch, to the application of new technology. Topics ranged from lengthening to angular correction, and from rare conditions such as bone dysplasias, to common etiologies such as may follow trauma. There were topics of interest for everyone.
Many thanks to Klane White for his time and effort in designing the curriculum and assembling an expert and engaging faculty. I would also like to thank the Shriner’s Hospitals for Children for their continued financial support for publication of the precourse supplement. We truly appreciate the official collaboration between POSNA and the Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics in bringing this supplement to you, the reader, and pediatric orthopedic surgeon.
Lori A. Karol, MD
Past President, POSNA
The understanding and treatment of skeletal deformity is the cornerstone of pediatric orthopedics. The 2016 POSNA Pre-Course “Trends and Applications in Pediatric Lower Extremity” was intended to provide an up to date primer on current trends in the fast moving field of lower extremity deformity, with some reflection on the history and principles of why we do what we do today. The diverse faculty ranged from young, inspiring surgeons to experienced, insightful veterans. Furthermore, those individuals responsible for many of the advances that have changed the way we think about and treat deformities provided their personal experiences with their own innovations.
The format of the course and this supplement is set-up to provide theoretical and historical background to the how’s and why’s of deformity corrections. This is followed by a review of specific technologies and diagnoses (including 1 paper on upper extremity!). The final section concentrates on specific techniques, presented by the surgeons who developed those techniques; a “How I do it” and “What I have learned” approach.
A sincere thank you is owed to all of the contributing authors, the POSNA leadership, and JPO for making the precourse and this supplement a reality. I truly appreciate the opportunity to facilitate this sweeping review of lower extremity deformity to the readership and hope you learn as much from the content of this collection as I have.
Klane K. White, MD, MSc
Chair, 2016 POSNA Pre-Course
Guest Editor, Supplemental Issue